"Wrestling with God" book with Barbara Falconer Newhall

Wrestling with God: Stories of Doubt and Faith

"Any seeker of any faith will be blessed to read the words of this fine author and observer."

Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Book Openers

As a little kid I always had my nose in a book. And now that I'm thoroughly grown up, I still do. Below you'll find author profiles (lots of memoirists) as well as mini – and not-so-mini – book reviews.

Rain Taxi Review Puts on a Lively Book Fest

Twin Cities. Minneapolis skyline in October from Highway 35w heading north. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Minneapolis was the scene of last weekend’s Twin Cities Book Festival put on by Rain Taxi Review of Books. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

The Twin Cities Book Festival, sponsored by Rain Taxi Review of Books, was a blast. Lots of fun authors, including a California novelist who frequents one of my favorite San Francisco Bay Area coffee shops — Nellie’s in  [Read more…]


50 Books 50 Covers — How Top Designers Catch the Reader’s Eye

life and eath of sophie stark book cover. 50 books 50 coversmanual for cleaning women cover. 50 books 50 coversWant to see some gorgeous book cover designs? Go to the winners page of the 50 Books 50 Covers competition sponsored by the Design Observer Group [Read more…]


Julie Hill Barton’s Dog Medicine Goes Big

Julie Hill Barton reads from her book, "Dog Medicine," at A Great Good Place for Books, Oakland, CA. Here with a fan, Kirby, a brindle-haired boxer. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Julie Hill Barton read from Dog Medicine and greeted fans, including Kirby, a brindle-haired boxer. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

My writing pal Julie Hill Barton has lucked out. Her wonderful memoir, Dog Medicine, has been scooped up by a major publisher — Penguin. Julie made an appearance last night at Oakland’s popular bookstore, A Great Good Place for Books, before heading out on a whirlwind book tour today to St. Louis [Read more…]


Jesus Was a Loser — Does That Make Donald Trump a Winner?

Barbara Falconer Newhall with Scott Dikkers, editor of "Trump's America: The Complete Loser's Guide" at Book Expo America 2016. Photo by Barbara Newhall

One of the fun people I met at Book Expo America in Chicago was Scott Dikkers, editor of “Trump’s America: The Complete Loser’s Guide.” I went home with a copy of his belly laugh of a book. Barbara Newhall photo

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Does this sound like Donald Trump talking — “Jesus was a loser, a nobody who couldn’t keep his hair out of his eyes and whose apostles were a bunch of weirdos and lowlifes.” As for God, “he was a Grade-A loser who couldn’t control his brand.”

If it does sound like The Donald bloviating on the topic of faith, that’s because no less a comic light than Scott Dikkers, founding editor of The Onion, [Read more…]


BookExpo America: Dog Books, Funny Books, Holy Books, Swag

The exhibit hall of BookExpo America 2016 at McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Barbara Newhall

The BookExpo America 2016 exhibit hall, McCormick Place, Chicago. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

What do a Buddhist nun, a bald satirist, and a 136-pound Newfoundland dog have in common? They were all part of the mix at last week’s BookExpo [Read more…]